Miscanthus sinensis 'LITTLE ZEBRA'®

Miscanthus sinensis
Miscanthus sinensis 'LITTLE ZEBRA'®
dwarf eulalia
SIZE/TYPE mid-sized perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 0.8-1.3m
USUAL WIDTH 0.8-1.3m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:green a cream
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS burgundy red
BLOOMING TIME August - September
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Bamboos and grasses
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Little Zebra® is an eulalia variety which is commonly supposed to be a dwarf version of Zebrinus, an older eulalia variety, however, these two have nothing in common. Little Zebra® originated as a natural sport of green-leaved miscanthus species. It has the same creamy white to pale yellow horizontal variegation on the leaf blades but exhibits much shorter growth and arching habit. Before flowering the plant is 80-100 cm tall and in flower it reaches between 1.3 and 1.5m. It looks much more relaxed than its sturdy relative.

From August open plume-like inflorescences composed of pale reddish purple flowers which mature to beige. Unlike Zebrinus, which seldom flowers, Little Zebra® blooms profusely and reliably every year. It forms compact, dense clumps, and expands slowly by short rhizomes = it is not invasive. Little Zebra® was found by Tomas M. Walsh from Michigan, USA, in 1995, and patented as PP13008 in 2002.

Eulalia is best grown in sunny and warm areas, in almost any well-drained soil with only occasional watering in summer. It hates boggy soil quite surprisingly copes well with heavy clay unless its roots stand in water before they establish. It is recommended to tie up the leaves before winter and cut the clump back in early spring, about 10-20 cm above ground level. Hardy to min. -25°C (USDA zone 5b), possibly a little more.

Last update: 19-02-2019
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  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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